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Ford Carbon Monoxide Auto Defect

The men and women of our law enforcement as well as our civilian population who are driving Ford Explorers are now skeptical and on-edge about their safety and well-being.

Ford Explorer police interceptors and family SUVs are in the spotlight for an auto defect, that allows deadly and poisonous carbon monoxide gas fumes to escape from the exhaust system and silently into your occupant cabin.

These harmful fumes have the ability to cause permanent brain damage, respiratory failure, organ failure and death, with no clue at all of its presence, before it’s too late.

Is Ford Being Honest?

Ford Motor Company is a massive corporation that manufactures and distributes vehicles around the globe. With over 1 billion drivers in the world, they have a lot of responsibility for ensuring the safety and reliability of their vehicles.

The media, social networks, and news platforms have taken a firm grasp on the newly evolving Ford Explorer carbon monoxide auto defect and the cases of police officers and civilians who have fallen victim to carbon monoxide poisoning due to this Ford auto defect.

Ford’s perceived attempt to conceal actual facts and what’s currently happening from a legal perspective, regarding police officers and civilians who have permanent and disabling injuries have been disappointing to many, and looked at as “covering up the truth.”


ford carbon monoxide poisoning information.

In a recent video published by Ford Motor Company, Ford discusses vague reasons for carbon monoxide gas fumes seeping into the occupant cabins of Ford Explorer police interceptors, causing carbon monoxide poisoning, loss of consciousness, and violent endings.

Ford blames the ability for the carbon monoxide to gain access into the occupant cabin is due to improperly sealed holes for the wires of after-market police equipment, like flashing emergency lights, strobes, and sirens.

Ford states they have a regimented protocol for the completion and sealing of after-market parts on Ford Explorer police interceptor vehicles, and when these guidelines are not met, serious consequences are the result, such as carbon monoxide poisoning to unsuspecting law enforcement personnel and civilians.

Immediately following these statements in the video are claims that because of the improper completion of after-market police equipment being the one and only cause of the carbon monoxide auto defect, they state this is why civilians in non-law enforcement Explorers have nothing to be concerned about and that all other non-police interceptor Ford Explorers are safe and do not have the carbon monoxide auto defect.


Concerned Customers Speak Up to Ford is just one of the many places distressed Ford Explorer owners, drivers and passengers express their concerns of the heavy odor of exhaust fumes that saturate the occupant cabin when the vehicle is on and running.

Many people complain about their concern for transporting their newborn babies, children and grandchildren. Symptoms of respiratory irritation, headaches and many other signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are told over and over throughout each of these auto complaint websites.

On the Ford Explorer Exhaust complaints page of, Cathy M., from Texas writes:


My husband bought me my Explorer as a Valentine’s gift in 2015. Not long after we had the vehicle, I noticed a really bad smell. I would cough the whole time in the vehicle. Not just a regular cough, I was coughing up phlegm and had to take breathing treatment as soon as I got out of the vehicle. When I drove a distance I would start falling asleep. I would have to roll the windows down and fight to stay awake. My 14 year old daughter would always complain of a headache and every time my grand babies would ride with me they would fall asleep within 10 minutes of being in the car. I have 4 kids and 3 grandchildren that was always riding with me.

We didn’t have the money to have it fixed. After all the stories started coming out on the news I did research to see if our symptoms could be from the problem with the car, and of course it did, went to trade it in after driving it for 2 years, learning of the problems that it had I didn’t want to continue putting me and my family at risk, no one wanted to give us anything for the vehicle we still owed over 20 thousand we finally found someone that would take it as a trade in but we were so upside down that our payments are way more.

I’m really upset that we should have to pay the consequences due to a malfunction of the vehicle! What does Ford plan on doing about this? If it would have not been for that problem I would still be driving my Explorer, I loved it but it was a danger.


Ford's Response to the Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Auto Defect

In a 2015 deposition, a Ford company representative stated, “It appears to be a design issue that remains unresolved… We’re working on it.

Ford also stated, “In rare circumstances, there have been instances where customers detected an exhaust odor in Explorers…” “…Poses no safety risk.

Ford Motor Company has not issued a recall but has released two “technical service bulletins” in 2012 and 2014 which instructed dealers to attempt to fix the defect when motorists bring in vehicles for other repairs.

On December 15th, 2015, Ford issued a 6-page document titled, TSB 16-0166. The article supersedes TSB 16-0165 to add a casual basic part number and condition code to help “fix the auto defect,” but does not.

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation issued Mr. Wayne Bahr, Global Director for the Automotive Safety Office for the Ford Motor Company, a letter informing him of the following:

“This letter is to inform you that the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE 16-008) to investigate allegations of exhaust odors entering the occupant compartment of certain model year (MY) 2011to2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured by Ford Motor Company (Ford), and to request certain information about exhaust odors intruding into the subject vehicles.”

The letter goes on to stating the Office of Defects has received 154 consumer complaints, at the time of this letter.

Soon after the NHTSA began its investigation, complaints, and reports exploded to over 450, including 2016 and 2017.

Currently, there have been over 2,700 official complaints reported.


If you have been injured by a Ford carbon monoxide auto defect please contact our Ford carbon monoxide auto defect attorneys.

Long-Term Management for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in serious, permanent injuries, disabilities and can often prove fatal.

For survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning, long-term management after medical attention, therapy and rehabilitation is a must.

“Patients with carbon monoxide poisoning should be followed medically after discharge. The extent and rate of recovery after poisoning are variable, and recovery is often complicated by the development of sequelae, which can persist after exposure or develop weeks after the poisoning and which can be permanent.

Specific therapy for sequelae after carbon monoxide poisoning is not available. Clinical experience suggests that patients with sequelae should have their symptoms treated, through cognitive, psychiatric, vocational, speech, occupational, and physical rehabilitation, although data on the effects of these interventions in patients with carbon monoxide-related sequelae are lacking.

Patients with persistent headaches may benefit from evaluation by a headache specialist.”

To learn more, visit The New England Journal of Medicine.


Is the Media Being Honest?

When researching the topic of carbon monoxide poisoning in Ford Explorer vehicles, the same information can be found page after page, website after website. So are the news, websites, and the media being honest about the realities of this deadly auto defect, or just not looking deep enough?

Bisnar Chase is handling several cases regarding police officers that were injured and suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while on duty. Two of these cases made media headlines: Brian McDowell of the Newport Beach Police Department and Zachary LaHood of the Austin Police Department.

Ford has even gone as far as to say that because of the after-market police equipment installed on Ford Explorer police cruisers and interceptors, the blame should be focused on improperly installed police equipment, making all other Ford Explorers safe and untouched by this “auto defect”.

Only 2,700 complaints have been officially reported and filed. Unfortunately, this number does not indicate the true impact the Ford Explorer carbon monoxide auto defect has had on Ford Explorer owners, drivers, and passengers.

Do a quick search on any blog, forum, or complaint/review website for Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Auto Defect, and you will see the endless amount of complaints, reviews, and stories of getting sick and experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

So why is Ford saying that regular civilian Ford Explorer vehicles are at no risk of this carbon monoxide leak auto defect? Is it Ford choosing profit over safety?

Is Ford truly unaware of civilian Ford Explorer owners, drivers, and passengers experiencing excessive exhaust fumes and even signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, directly as a result of driving their Ford Explorers?

If so, why did Ford, according to a report by CBS News, recently agree to settle a class-action lawsuit involving the alleged defect in a case filed in Florida?

If Ford truly believes regular civilian Ford Explorer owners, drivers, and passengers are at no risk of being subjected to this Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Auto Defect, why have there been more than 2,700 complaints about it?


Ford Explorer Owner's, Driver's and Passenger's Rights

Whether you own a Ford Explorer, drive one or ride to school, a carpool, or to a concert on the weekend, you always have rights.

A company that is as large as the Ford Motor Company has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of anyone who purchases, drives, or rides inside a Ford Explorer. When a safety issue arises, the accountability to resolve the matter is instantly in effect.

What is the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act?

The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act, sometimes also referred to as Right to Repair, is a name for several related proposed bills in the United States Congress and several state legislatures which would require automobile manufacturers to provide the same information to independent repair shops as they do for dealer shops.

Versions of the bill generally have been supported by independent repair and after-market associations and generally opposed by auto manufacturers and dealerships. First considered at the federal level in 2001, but no provisions were adopted until the Massachusetts legislature enacted Right to Repair bill H. 4362 on July 31, 2012. This law was passed in advance of a binding ballot initiative referendum which appeared on Massachusetts’s statewide ballot also on November 6. The measure passed with 86% voter support. Because there were now two different laws in effect, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a bill, H. 3757 to reconcile the two laws. That bill was signed into law on November 26, 2013. Early in 2014, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Association for Global Automakers signed a Memorandum of Understanding that is based on the Massachusetts law and which would commit the vehicle manufacturers to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts law in all fifty states.

Learn more about the Owners’ Right to Repair Act

Contact a Carbon Monoxide Lawyer

Bisnar Chase represents many people all over the world every day. We have established a strong reputation and presence for good reasons. Our team of attorneys will take on and win cases that other well-known attorneys and firms have declined.

Our firm wants to help you and understands that this is a very difficult time in your life; financially, emotionally, and mentally. That is why Bisnar Chase offers to pay all expenses, medical costs and financial necessities during and throughout your case, at no cost to you, even if we happen to lose your case.

Bisnar Chase has a 99% Success Rate with over 45 years of experience. We are a highly skilled and experienced team of auto defect lawyers ready to fight for you, and help make this world a safer place.

Massive auto manufacturers and corporations have an endless amount of money and attorneys at their fingertips to protect themselves and their money.

Hire a skilled and reputable auto defect attorney who has experience fighting and winning these global giants

Our firm, Bisnar Chase is already representing the majority if not all of the most well-known carbon monoxide auto defect cases currently; let us represent you and turn your case into a victory.

The Ford Explorer carbon monoxide auto defect lawyers at Bisnar Chase are here to serve justice and prohibit the dangers that Ford has let go too far and too long to their trusting and vulnerable customers.

We strive every day to make this world a safer place while offering our deepest considerations and professional representation.

If you are interested to see if your situation or experience with this carbon monoxide auto defect with the Ford Explorer or any other vehicle can become a claim worth fighting, call us and you will receive a free consultation and a free case evaluation.

For immediate assistance, call 800-561-4887.

Ford carbon monoxide poisoning questions

  • Ford Explorer vehicles from 2011 can have a defect allowing poisonous fumes from the exhaust to enter the cabin where the drivers and passengers are.
  • Newport Beach Police Officer Brian McDowell was driving in his 2014 Ford Explorer Police Cruiser when he lost consciousness due to the overwhelming amount of Carbon Monoxide in the car.
  • McDowell suffered serious injuries and is bringing a lawsuit against Ford for allowing a defective vehicle to be sold.
  • If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a Ford vehicle, know your rights and contact a Ford carbon monoxide auto defect attorney today. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.

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